No fewer than 11 Nigerians have died from COVID-19 in Gauteng Province, South Africa.
The Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) President, Adetola Olubajo who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, said he is yet to get figures from eight other provinces in South Africa.
“At the last count, 11 Nigerians have died from COVID-19 in Gauteng Province alone. I have attended the funeral of some of them,” he said.
According to him, some Nigerians in the country don’t believe that Coronavirus is real.
“Many people believe that COVID-19 pandemic is political and fake and that they are just seeing figures.
“On the contrary, we have seen quite a number of our people that have died from the disease in South Africa.
“Another challenge we have is stigmatisation and refusal of infected people to disclose their status. We have provided a channel through which the identities of infected people will be protected and we give them the much-needed support.
“For instance, in case someone can’t get an ambulance, as soon as we get such a call, we ensure the person gets the ambulance,” he said.
The NUSA President urged Nigerians to adopt all precautionary and safety measures put in place by the South African government for their safety.
He said that the union is working with a team of Nigerian and South African health professionals in the frontline of various hospitals to assist Nigerians with information.
“We have put in place a mechanism to reach out to many Nigerians in South Africa with information with the assistance of our health professionals.”
Olubajo added that the union gave COVID-19 palliatives to Nigerians but preference was being given to vulnerable people like single mothers, students, petty traders and artisans, who earn daily living on the streets.